Meet Our Staff
Bronwyn T. Williams, Director
I love to write and to teach writing and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work in the University Writing Center. Writing is the way we connect our ideas, emotions, and lives with one another. It is essential to the intellectual life and to communicating our common humanity. As a teacher I believe that the only way to teach effectively is to listen carefully to what students have to say and work with their writing so it expresses their ideas, not ours. Our goal as writing teachers is to help students develop a rhetorical awareness that will allow them to negotiate the unfamiliar writing and reading situations they encounter both inside the university and beyond. I also believe that writing can be pleasurable and fulfilling, even as it is hard work. I have had a broad range of teaching experiences in composition and rhetoric, literature, creative writing, popular culture, and journalism. My personal webpage is at http://bronwyntwilliams.com.
Cassie Book, Associate Director
Cassie is delighted to rejoin the University Writing Center staff after a four-year hiatus. In 2010 she began her career in teaching and studying writing as a graduate student tutor here at the University Writing Center. For the past four years, she taught writing and directed a writing center. While at UofL, Cassie earned a Masters in English and a Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies. She also has a BA in English and Spanish from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is currently at PhD student in English at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Her favorite part of working in a writing center is being amidst a center buzzing with conversation about writing! In her free time, she enjoys exploring Louisville, running, cooking, gardening, and traveling.
Robin Blackett, Program Assistant, SR.
Robin enjoys the atmosphere in the University Writing Center. She enjoys seeing students start off coming here as first year students and continuing all the way to completing their degrees. It is also great to see the Masters and PhD students who come to the writing center to get feedback as they continue to become better and better writers in their academic careers. Finally, it is really special to see the students who work in the University Writing Center as they go through their academic careers and leave the ‘nest’ at the U of L and take wing to other exciting challenges and opportunities.
Amy Nichols, Assistant Director
Amy is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition who also earned her M.A. in English at the University of Louisville and her B.A. in English from Transylvania University.Previous work includes writing consultant, writing instructor, development writer, and volunteer coordinator, but Amy's first (and most visceral) job was serving as a veterinary assistant. Her current research explores the ways in which regional rhetoric is deployed in public discourse, particularly in conversations about rural areas like her native Appalachia or “the South.”She enjoys hiking, reading, singing, faith practices, and the sciences (sometimes she even writes for fun) – but she spends most of her free time hanging out with her husband and son.
Laura Tetrault, Assistant Director
Laura is a third-year Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition. Her dissertation research foucses on how LGBTQ women use various forms of creative, independent media production to circulate challenges to normative representations of gender and sexuality. As a researcher, she is broadly interested in rhetorics of resistance and social change, gender studies and queer theory, discourses of embodiment, and digital circulation. Originally from New England, Laura holds degrees in English and creative writing from the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College in Boston. She enjoys going on adventures both near and far, finding local arts events, and reading everything from academic journals to poetry chapbooks.
Stephen Cohen, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Writing.
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition. A California native, I earned my undergraduate degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University before moving to the very happy town of San Luis Obispo to pursue an MA in English at Cal Poly. I have taught composition, critical thinking, literature, and business writing, but my current research interests are in identity, narrative, and disability studies. When I'm not reading or writing, I like to travel and to spend time at home with my partner trying to teach our dog to do something useful.
Jamila Kareem, Assistant Director of the Virtual Writing Center
Jamila is a third-year Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition. In addition to teaching composition as well as literature with students at UofL, she has taught writing, literature, and humanities courses at other schools. Her students have included returning adults students at technical institutes and disadvantaged, college-bound high school seniors. She has loved writing of all sorts for as long as she can remember, including scholarly writing, poetry, fiction, graphic novels, and film writing, all of which she reads in her free time. She also spends her free time working on projects concerning issues of disadvantaged groups within academic writing communities.
Deanna Babcock recently graduated from Indiana University Southeast with degrees in English and Psychology and is not a first-year MA student in English. When she's not working or writing papers, she spends her time reading, writing fiction, player with her beagle, or binge-watching shows on Netflix. She plans to spend the rest of her life reading and writing as an English professor.
Emily Blair is a first year MA student planning to focus her studies in Rhetoric and Composition, especially the intersections of identity and place. A native of Fort Chiswell, Virginia, she recently earned a BA in English with a minor in American Studies from Virginia Tech University. She opes to delve into rhetorical research and writing pedagogy while continuing to write and purse publication of poetry and creative nonfiction. In her spare time, she enjoys concerts, yoga, and making friends with other people's dogs.
Rhea Crone earned her B.A. in English from UofL in 2013, with a year's worth of coursework completed abroad in Greece. Since graduating, she has analyzed junior collegiate retention policy as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, been a private tutor, and stood behind several cash registers to make ends meet. She is currently a first year M.A. student, and her academic interests include postmodern literary theory, nonlinear or otherwise atypical narrative structures in regional literatures, and the literary construction/representation of Appalachian identity. In her free time, she is most likely walking her dog, patting her dog, avoiding her dog, or enhancing her knowledge of craft brews.
Elizabeth Dean worked as a writing center consultant at Auburn University, where she graduated with BAs in English and Communication. She is excited to continue writing center work while pursuing her MA in English at UofL. In her spare time she enjoys watching college football, drinking tea, and making friends with cats. While at UofL she hopes to narrow her research interests and find someone to each her about college basketball.
Cheyenne Franklin is a first year M.A. student in Rhetoric and Composition. In 2015 she received her BA in Writing and Publication and a minor in TEOSL from the University of North Georgia. She loves studying semantics and writing creative nonfiction. Beyond her love of language, she enjoys concocting herb-infused sweets and spicy dishes … mostly because she loves to eat. Openly she is a tea enthusiast, quote collector, and Hitchcock fan. Secretly she admires spider webs (but hates the spiders) and rocks out to The Piano Guys in her car. She also plans to lead a rebellion against wearing shoes.
Lindsey Gilbert I am beginning my first year of graduate school at the University of Louisville. I am strongly interested in researching the development of writing styles across different languages and language acquisitions, and hope to use this research in my future career as a secondary teacher and college professor. Besides my studies, I have strong interests in reading, weightlifting, music, good food, and hiking. I am eager to expand my interests in these areas during my time studying in Louisville!
Jessica Good is an Alabama native who, inexplicably, doesn't have a Southern accent. She recently graduated from Auburn University and is now pursuing her MA in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition. If she could have any superpower, she would choose telekinesis.
Anthony Gross is pursuing his Master's in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition. He is a Louisville native who comes to the University of Louisville from Western Kentucky University, where he received his BA in English with a concentration in literature and minors in TESL and Nonprofit Administration. Anthony looks forward to working with the University's community during his time at the Writing Center and to pursuing his academic interests in identity rhetoric, human rights rhetoric, and composition theory. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys cooking, traveling, thrifting, sketching, and (of course) reading and writing.
Jenny Kiefer A Louisville native, Jennifer received her bachelor's degree in creative writing from Western Kentucky University. She is pursuing a master's degree in English with a focus in creative writing. She is excited to guide students as a tutor in the University Writing Center. Her other interests include knitting, rock climbing, astronomy, German, and bread making.
Karley Miller was raised in Brown County, Ohio, under the watchful eye and loving arms of a small town. She received her BA in English from the University of Cincinnati, and is currently working toward an MA, focusing on creative writing/fiction. She enjoys wandering the city and its surrounding forests, banana pudding, and force of language and the written word.